THE VIEWS OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND FAMILY MEDICINE
Orienting health care systems towards primary health care is one of the fundamental principals of health care reform. In order to determine the views of general practitioners on primary care of our health system and family medicine, a questionnaire survey of 320 primary care physicians (PCPs) was undertaken. Of the 320 PCPs in Aydın, 178 (55.6%) responded to the questionnaire. 79.1% of the respondents reported that primary health care (PHC) in our country was well-organised but failed to provide expected outcomes. According to 72.7% of PCPs this was the main problem in the current health care system. 84.5% of the respondents thought that PHC should be reorganised. The majority of the participants reported that family medicine/general practice was a medical discipline practising in primary care and it would reinforce the PHC. As a conclusion, PCPs accepted the need for health care reform in Turkey and supported the development of family medicine.